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Create a game like Flappy Bird in Android using AndEngine


Keywords: AndEngine AndEnginePhysicsBox2DExtension SimpleBaseGameActivity ResourceManager SceneManager MenuScene CameraScene AutoParallaxBackground AnimatedSprite DynamicSpriteBatch TiledSprite Sound Music HUD Font PhysicsHandler GenericPool PhysicsWorld Fixture Body ContactListener


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17. Game Scene

Game scene The game scene essentially consists of entities and physics world with bodies, fixtures, etc. There are two child scenes for 'Get Ready' & 'Game Over' that we'll discuss later.
Let's first take a look at the basic structure of the new class for game scene. The class additionally implements IOnSceneTouchListener interface.
	public class GameScene extends BaseScene implements IOnSceneTouchListener {

		public void createScene() {
			mEngine.registerUpdateHandler(new FPSLogger());
			//TODO create entities
			//TODO create PhysicsWorld
			//TODO create body and fixture
			/* The actual collision-checking. */
			registerUpdateHandler(new IUpdateHandler() {
				public void reset() {}
				public void onUpdate(float pSecondsElapsed) {
					//TODO implement
			//TODO create CameraScene for 'get ready'
			//TODO create CameraScene for 'game over'
			//TODO create HUD for score
		public boolean onSceneTouchEvent(Scene pScene, TouchEvent pSceneTouchEvent) {
			//TODO implement
			return false;

		public void onBackKeyPressed() {

		public SceneType getSceneType() {
			return SceneType.SCENE_GAME;

		public void disposeScene() {
We register an update handler that gets called on each update of the scene. So it is a good place to put logic that need to be executed repeatedly on each update like checking collisions, etc.
We'll discuss each item in detail in subsequent sections.

18. Auto Parallax Background

The auto-moving background is created using AutoParallaxBackground. We've already used it before in main menu scene. However, in game scene we will actually make the background move by setting non-zero value to pParallaxChangePerSecond.
The sky and ground are parallax entity attached to the background. It's possible to give different velocity to each parallax entity using pParallaxFactor. Let's see how it's done in code.
	private AutoParallaxBackground mAutoParallaxBackground;
	public void createScene() {

		mAutoParallaxBackground = new AutoParallaxBackground(0, 0, 0, 10);
		mAutoParallaxBackground.attachParallaxEntity(new ParallaxEntity(-5.0f, new Sprite(0, SCREEN_HEIGHT - mResourceManager.mParallaxLayerBack.getHeight(), mResourceManager.mParallaxLayerBack, mVertexBufferObjectManager)));
		mAutoParallaxBackground.attachParallaxEntity(new ParallaxEntity(-10.0f, new Sprite(0, SCREEN_HEIGHT - mResourceManager.mParallaxLayerFront.getHeight(), mResourceManager.mParallaxLayerFront, mVertexBufferObjectManager)));
To make the sky and ground move at different speed relative to the bird to create a parallax effect.

19. HUD

HUD stands for heads-up display. It stays at the same position on the screen and usually used for displaying score or game controls. HUD is a subclass of the Scene class.
Here are the changes to the GameScene for displaying score.
	private Text mHudText;
	private int score;
	private int most;

	public void createScene() {
		most = mActivity.getMaxScore();
		//create HUD for score
		HUD gameHUD = new HUD();
	    mHudText = new Text(SCREEN_WIDTH/2, 50, mResourceManager.mFont5, "0123456789", new TextOptions(HorizontalAlign.LEFT), mVertexBufferObjectManager);
	    mHudText.setX((SCREEN_WIDTH - mHudText.getWidth()) / 2);

Notice the Text is initialized with all the digits which speeds up rendering during runtime when actual score is set.

We have to make few changes in GameActivity as well to store the maximum score. Add this piece of code in GameActivity class.
	public int getMaxScore() {
		return getPreferences(Context.MODE_PRIVATE).getInt("maxScore", 0);
	public void setMaxScore(int maxScore) {
		getPreferences(Context.MODE_PRIVATE).edit().putInt("maxScore", maxScore).commit();
Later we will add code to update current score and max score while implementing the game play.

20. Bird

Flappy Birdies The flying bird is created using an AnimatedSprite. AnimatedSprite is a subclass of TiledSprite. It repeatedly changes the tiles after specific duration to create an animation.
	private AnimatedSprite mBird;
	public void createScene() {
		//create entities
		final float birdX = (SCREEN_WIDTH - mResourceManager.mBirdTextureRegion.getWidth()) / 2 - 50;
		final float birdY = (SCREEN_HEIGHT - mResourceManager.mBirdTextureRegion.getHeight()) / 2 - 30;
		mBird = new AnimatedSprite(birdX, birdY, mResourceManager.mBirdTextureRegion, mVertexBufferObjectManager);
We've set Z-index to a high value so that the bird appears on top of other entities.
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